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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Kettle Black

The Kettle Black
Address: 50 Albert Rd South Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9088 0721


Opening Hours: MON-FRI (7:00 AM-5:00 PM),
             SAT-SUN (8:00 AM-4:00 PM)

Staff: Welcoming

Price: AUS$7.50-25

Crushing on: King Island Crayfish In Ash Roll

Crush Level: 7/10


Holiday is coming, see ya Melbourne! Before I went back to Jakarta, I met up with Rantong, Dew, and Lidia in a gorgeous café called Kettle Black, located in St Kilda. The café was filled with a lot of people. Even though it was a Wednesday morning, we had to wait for about 20 minutes before the table was available.

We were seated outdoor and the heat was intolerable that day. We couldn’t ask for a table inside either, as it was full.

Dew, Rantong, and Lidia opted for the thirst quenching Iced Chocolate ($6). I should have ordered one too as the food took nearly 45 minutes to come out.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Suda

Address: 550 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC (Healeys Lane)

Phone: 03 9942 6422


Opening Hours: MON-FRI (11:00 AM-11:00 PM),
SAT (12:00 PM-11:00PM), SUN(5:00PM-11:00PM)

Price: AUS$3.5-16

Staff: Helpful

Crushing on: K+popcorn Chicken, Tteok&Halloumi, Mini Cheesecake

Crush Level: 7/10

Finally, we finished our last exam. To celebrate our exam completion, we headed off to Suda during dinner. If you read my post about Mapo Grill, you must have known about this Korean restaurant with a twist. As we were denied a table because the restaurant was fully booked, we decided to make a reservation a few days before. We kind of felt bad as we made a reservation for 5 people but in the end only 3 of us (Jesslyn, Lidia, and I) were able to come. Never mind, let’s discuss about the food.

We ordered a few dishes to be shared and one main for each of us. The first thing that came out was the K+popcorn Chicken ($10). What I like about the dish is that it was not overly sweet and although it was crunchy it was not tough to be chewed at all.


K+popcorn Chicken ($10)

After about 10-15 minutes, the Tteok & Halloumi was served ($11). The tteok was crispy. The halloumi added a little bit salty flavour to the tteok and the sweetness of the plum honey gave an extra stunning flavour.

Tteok & Halloumi ($11)
The next dish was the Kimchi Quesadilla ($14). The quesadilla was not to my liking. It had a salty, spicy, and sour taste that didn’t compliment each other well.

Kimchi Quesadilla ($14)
My main dish was the Bulgogi Pasta ($15). A little bit sweet, a little bit salty. The noodle was perfectly cooked and the meat was delightfully tender.

Bulgogi Pasta ($15)
Jesslyn also opted for a pasta dish, which was the Perilla Seeds Cream Pasta ($14). Jesslyn told me that it was so spicy (not complaining) and the cream sauce was very thick. After I tasted her dish, I could not disagree with her.

Perilla Seeds Cream Pasta ($14)

Different from the rest of us, Lidia decided on the Soft Tofu & Seafood Stew ($15). It came with a bowl of brown rice. I tasted the stew and I think it had a clean spicy taste but not so savoury. However, it was not as spicy as the Perilla Seeds Cream Pasta.


Soft Tofu & Seafood Stew ($15)
I also decided to order the Mini Cheesecake ($3.50) even though my stomach felt like bursting. Luckily, it was served in a tiny jar. The explosion of the peanut crumble, the sourness of the berry compote, and a little saltiness of the cheesecake  created a bombastic sensation in my mouth. 

Mini Cheesecake ($3.50)
Although most dishes here were neither flattering nor disappointing, the Tteok & Halloumi is a brilliant dish! 

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